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A layer of asphalt on the flightline is exposed at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jul. 26, 2016. Due to the high volume of aircraft using the runway, the west section’s pavement surface was highly degraded, resulting in a need for a repairs. The 3,840 cubic meters of asphalt laid on the flightline spans a surface length of approximately 1,200 feet by 150 feet wide, with 50 feet of shoulder width. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase) Runway construction paves way for flight
After nearly three weeks of construction, the Misawa Air Base runway became fully operational Aug. 5.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nary Kong-Choup, a team member with the 35th Maintenance Squadron avionics intermediate section electronic warfare section, assembles a breakout box at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 1, 2016. Kong-Choup was one of seven Airmen who took the initiative on building this device, saving time and requiring less manpower to operate. The apparatus connects to parts on F-16 Fighting Falcons, called line replacement units, and inspects the integrity of electrical pathways. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter) Avionics Airmen create money saving, innovative device
F-16 Fighting Falcon avionics specialists maintain and repair a wide range of electronics systems in the aircraft, ranging from communications to flight controls. To keep up with a demanding operations tempo, Misawa’s avionics Airmen developed a device to make their performance even more efficient, completing the project in July.
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U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, fly in formation with a U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, during a tiltrotor air to air refueling (TAAR) July 19, 2016, over the Pacific Ocean. The TAAR enabled the Ospreys to operate beyond unassisted flight range in a training exercise designed to evaluate long-range airfield seizure capability in a joint operation between the Marines and Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft) USAF, Marines conduct rapid airfield seizure exercise
What began as another calm and quiet summer day on a small island in the Pacific instantly turned into a vortex of dust and a thunderous bedlam of Osprey engines. Marine Corps riflemen stormed the area, neutralized multiple hostiles, and captured a landing strip for incoming cargo planes hauling additional troops and Humvee command vehicles.
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A U.S. Air Force pararescueman climbs aboard a boat after performing a static line jump as the sun sets after a lowlight training operation in the Pacific Ocean June 29, 2016. Air Force pararescue is one of the United States Department of Defense’s elite combat forces trained and equipped to conduct personnel rescue and recovery in both conventional and unconventional combat rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Last to let you down: Kadena Airmen ensure soft landing for pararescuemen
Aircrew flight equipment Airmen from the 31st Rescue Squadron ensured their charges had a safe landing during their water landing training scenario off the coast of Okinawa.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Beau Blackburn, a dedicated crew chief with the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, poses for a photograph next to an F-16 Fighting Falcon canopy at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 16, 2016. When a crew chief is assigned to an aircraft, their name is symbolically posted to the side of the bubble canopy. This tradition signifies the responsibility each crew chief has to keep their aircraft in perfect working order, ensuring its reliability. Blackburn hails from Iona, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Maintenance Airman powers Misawa SEAD mission
During an early afternoon, a soft warm breeze skirted across a flightline empty of the roar of F-16 Fighting Falcons preparing for another flight. In its place, tools clanking against metal echoed in the depths of a hangar. A crew chief worked diligently solving the most recent maintenance challenge placed in his path.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. George Covington, the commander’s support staff NCO in charge with the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, dribbles a basketball at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2016. The Japan Railway East Akita Peckers played the Misawa Jets as part of a basketball camp meant to foster bilateral relations and prepare players for the upcoming season. Covington is from Panama City, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Basketball bolsters bilateral bonds
Sports provide a forum for people of different backgrounds and cultures to come together and take part in a shared interest.   The Misawa Jets basketball team fostered such a connection when they held a summer basketball camp with the Japan Railway East Akita Peckers team to strengthen bilateral bonds and improve skills, June 17.   The day's
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Manuel Carvajal, an explosive ordnance disposal journeyman with the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, smiles as he poses for a photo in his bomb suit with Japanese residents from across the Aomori Prefecture during the 28th Annual American Day in Misawa City, Japan, June 5, 2016. In a showcase of the region’s bilateral partnership among U.S. military and Japanese citizens, more than 80,000 attendees enjoyed live performances, including Sublime with Rome, indulging in American and Japanese cuisine and strengthening international bonds. Carvajal is a Lorraine, Texas, native. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) American Day fosters friendship between Japan, U.S. communities
In a showcase of the region’s bilateral partnership among U.S. military and Japanese citizens, more than 80,000 attendees enjoyed live performances, including Sublime with Rome, indulging in American and Japanese cuisine and strengthening international bonds during the 28th Annual American Day in Misawa City, Japan, June 5, 2016. Events like these are important as they afford Misawa neighbors, American and Japanese alike, opportunities to interact in a relaxed environment specifically planned for building friendships.
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U.S. Air Force Captain’s Karan Bansal, left, and Kyle McCullough, KC-135 Stratotanker pilots assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, orient to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, May 12, 2016. The JPARC consists of all the land, air, sea, space and cyberspace used for military training in Alaska, providing unmatched opportunities for present and future Service, joint, interagency and multinational training and is comprised of approximately 65,000 square miles of available airspace, 2,490 square miles of land space with 1.5 million acres of maneuver land and 42,000 square nautical miles of sea and airspace in the Gulf of Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty) Essential players in RED FLAG-Alaska exercise
RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, enabling joint and international units to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while improving interoperability in a realistic threat environment.
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Capt. Elizabeth Belleau, a behavioral scientist, earned the sexual assault response coordinator of the year award for her work both as the SARC at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and while deployed as the SARC for the 435th Air Expeditionary Wing, U.S. Africa Command, April 28th, 2016.  The award recognizes the Air Force SARC whose work has been particularly noteworthy and demonstrates outstanding service in support of service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Malia Jenkins/Released) Air Force officials name SARC of the year
An Air Force captain earned the service’s 2015 Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Award during a ceremony April 28 at the Pentagon.
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A C-130 Hercules takes off from Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 18, 2016. The 374th Airlift Wing sent two aircraft in support of the government of Japan in their relief efforts for the series of earthquakes that took place in the Kyushu region recently. The aircraft transported heavy vehicles and personnel from Chitose Air Base, Hokkaido to Kyushu. (U.S. Air Force photo/Yasuo Osakabe) Yokota aids Japan with earthquake relief
The 374th Airlift Wing sent two C-130 Hercules aircraft and aircrew to the Kyushu region April 18, supporting the government of Japan in their relief efforts for the series of earthquakes that took place in Kumamoto Prefecture and surrounding areas.
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